Let’s face it – sometimes we can be lazy about the heating and cooling in our house. We prefer to set the temperature and not touch it again until we’re feeling particularly hot or cold. But what if I told you it’s easy to save energy and money and still maintain your comfort? This is where programmable thermostats come in.
How do they work?
Depending on the type of thermostat you get, there are different things you can program. Common to many units is the ability to set a schedule – this can be weekly, daily, by weekends, based on when you wake/sleep – there are lots of options.
Some newer models are even Wi-Fi connected. What does this mean for you? If you’re out for the day and notice the weather is becoming colder, you’re able to tell your thermostat to raise the temperature in your house (or other similar situations) – all from the ease of your mobile device.
How do they save energy?
It’s usually recommended (including by the Department of Energy) to set your thermostat to be lower when you’re not home and don’t need to maintain a certain temperature. Consider setting it to 68°F during the winter months and 78°F for AC during the summer months while you’re awake or need that extra heat or cooling, and then setting it even lower when you’re not home or not active, such as while you’re asleep.
Setting it lower by 7-10°F than you normally set it at for about 8 hours of the day can reduce your energy use and costs by 10% or more!
Where do I find more information?
Programmable thermostats are constantly being updated with new technology, leading to even more options for installers and consumers. Check out the Department of Energy’s overview here, and see the Bosch Smart Control in action here for a great example. Happy heating/cooling!